Telegraph Fire Update & Fire Photo Essay

Take a look at this Telegraph Fire photo slide show by Al Golub of Golub Photography. Some of Al’s air tanker photos are among the best I’ve seen, especially the series of shots of Tanker 910 near the end of the display.

The Telegraph Fire is now 80% contained and is at 34,034 acres. The ICS-209 still shows 16 fixed wing aircraft and 13 helicopters assigned as well as over 100 fire engines.
500 firefighters have been released from the incident while just over 4,000 remain.

24 firefighters have been injured fighting the Telegraph Fire.

I imagine the line for demobilization checkout is lengthy. In order to be released from an incident equipment must be inspected before being allowed back on the road home.

Here are some highlights from the incident 209 updated at 2:00 am.

Projected incident movement/spread:
No anticipated growth unless a significant event occurs.

Major problems and concerns:
Concerns still remain in the north eastern portion of the fire. Accessibility problems continue to hamper suppression efforts due to terrain that is bisected by deep drainage’s, rock outcroppings and the Merced River Canyon.

Projected demobilization start date:
08/01/2008 0800

Significant events today :
All evacuation orders and warnings have been lifted as of 2200. Fire suppression repair is ongoing. Significant demobilization of Type I and II Engine Strike Teams has begun.


  • Victoria says:

    Hi Mike,I work with a news photographer, David McNew, who recently wrote a powerful story about his experience covering the California wildfires (Piute, Gap). It presents another interesting perspective on this natural disaster.I invite you to check out his piece at you’d like to hear more about his work, let me know if you’d like me to put you in touch with him. Enjoy!

  • itsnotaplace says:

    Thanks again for all the great updates on the Telegraph fire last month! Your information (though not necessarily official) was one of the three or four places I could go for updates since I live out of the area, but have family and friends up there in Mariposa. Thanks for all your hard work! I will keep your blog bookmarked in case there is another need to check on fires in the area.

  • Mike says:

    If you know the name of the fire I will look up the information and post on it.I am gathering information for a piece I want to write at the moment but will be glad to post info on a specific fires on request.Mike

  • Anonymous says:

    Do you comment/research and other fires in California? Just curious as my son is new firefighter on a hand crew and he just leaves and I don’t know where.

  • Anonymous says:

    very nice photos Alwonderful informitive web site.thank you so much.

  • Anonymous says:

    very nice photos Al. thank you for the look see!fantastic web site.